I'm reading an incredible book right now. Brain Storm, written by the guy who produced The Lion King and Beauty & the Beast. I've picked it up here and there over the past few months, but it's a book you read slowly. At least I do anyway. It's all about the creative process and it's a lot to chew on as I pour over every page and sentence and word. Anytime I'm in a slump creativity-wise, I pick it up and enjoy another few pages or chapters.
Last night I was reading a section all about how the creative process looks so different for everyone, but routine seems to be the number one thing that blocks a person's creativity. We wake up, get ready, eat the same breakfast, drive to work, work all day, drive home, eat, and have our normal evening routine- whatever that might be. All of a sudden you look up and we're all like "Where did that month go?" and I think it's because we don't mix it up enough.
When you do the same exact thing every single day, it's easy for days to blur together. In this book, Don Hahn says a couple times a week he tries to do something completely out of the ordinary- or, weird. Doing something that's not a part of our normal day-to-day routine, no matter how small, can really trigger a new idea or a creative streak. One of his examples was that as a non-runner, he just went to a park one day and ran as fast as he could for thirty seconds. Another time he went to a restaurant in a completely different part of town and ate dinner alone. Sometimes he takes a different route home from the office. He loves the hardware store even though he might not have any projects to do- he just likes to wander alone and think and take his time. His point was- it can be anything! Just get weird! Change things up!
You all know I like to write, but creativity can obviously be applied to millions of things in your life. It's so easy to fall into life's routine and feel like each day is the same as the previous one- but I don't want to be in that trap anymore. Anytime I do something outside the norm I truly do find myself feeling happier, more creative or even just more at peace with life as it is. It might sound silly, but do something weird this week and get out of your routine. I'd love to hear how someone else "got weird" and what it actually did for their brain. Future link-up idea?? :)